After more than 315,000 PETA members and supporters told Grand Circle Corporation that they oppose the cruelty inherent in elephant rides—for which the animals are forcibly separated from their mothers as babies, tied down, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with sharp weapons—the company committed to no longer offering these rides from any of its travel companies, including Grand Circle Cruise Line, Grand Circle Travel, and Overseas Adventure Travel. By making this compassionate decision, the corporation joins dozens of businesses that have turned their backs on this abusive industry.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind